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Durbin: Republicans are making it 'as hard as possible' to vote

Illinois Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSchumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Durbin signals he isn't interested in chairing Judiciary Committee Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D) blasted efforts from Republicans in various states to crack down on voter fraud on Wednesday, accusing GOP lawmakers of widespread voter suppression.

Responding to a question about a recount in the Florida Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSenate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 Democrats sound alarm on possible election chaos Trump, facing trouble in Florida, goes all in MORE (D), Durbin called for a fair count of the vote and an end to GOP efforts to allegedly stifle voter turnout.

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"We also want to put an end to this voter suppression," Durbin said Wednesday. "For goodness' sake, why does the Republican Party think its fate is tied to reducing the number of people who show up to vote?"

"A democracy, if it works, has more and more participation," he continued. "[It] makes it easier for voters to come forward. Yet the Republicans have found ways time and again to impose ID cards, limit the early vote, try to make it as hard as possible for people to vote."

"Clearly they believe that this is the way to overcome the demographics, which are not headed their way," Durbin added.

Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE hammered the GOP ahead of Tuesday's midterms for alleged voter suppression tactics, particularly in Georgia, where thousands of voters where threatened with ineligibility over registration issues.

In Kansas, a top member of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE's now-shuttered voter fraud panel lost his bid for governor after the panel was criticized as an attempt by the Trump administration to crack down on legal voters.